Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced a £6.5m funding boost so micro processor limbs (‘bionic legs’) will be made available to service personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Previously members of the armed forces only had access to the standard artificial limbs available on the NHS which are often not suitable for service personnel who, despite their injuries, are physically fit and aspire to continue living life to the full.
The bionic legs, which are expected to benefit approximately 160 members of the armed forces, provide greater stability and mobility and it is hoped they will significantly improve the speed of rehabilitation and quality of life of our wounded troops.
I welcome the government’s announcement as it indicates the Ministry of Defence is taking more responsibility for seriously injured service personnel. AFCS payments are capped at £570,000 and are designed to compensate injuries. There is no provision for compensation for aids, equipment, adapted accommodation or care. This funding boost will go some way to supplementing this.
Even so, members of the armed forces who have been injured should not limit their compensation solely to an AFCS payment. Hilary Meredith Solicitors seek full compensation for injured service personnel which not only provides for artificial limbs such as bionic legs, but the cost of care and assistance, aids and equipment, adapted housing and loss of earnings and other benefits.